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Barnaby and Loaker is a weekly webcomic published every Thursday! All characters, designs and stories are created by Gary Mackean and are subject to Copyright. Fans can contact the Gremlins at their email- barnabyandloaker@googlemail.com or to contact the creator of the strip regarding commissions and questions please feel free to use- garymackean@aol.com

Thursday, 23 October 2014

"The Head of Loaker Banks"

 
Issue#71: "The Head of Loaker Banks"

Zombie Feigenbaum finds what remains of Zombie Loaker...

Notes and References:

This is the fourth main issue of the zombie storyline along with one zombie sunday special.

This issue was originally entitled "The Headless Loaker" but seeing as it's about the head and not the beheaded body of Loaker, It didn't really make much sense.

The issue also confirms that even beheaded zombies can still survive in some form. It also follows on from last week's Sunday Special Issue.

This issue shows that the friendship between Loaker and Feigenbaum still exists even if they are both undead.

The quote spoke by zombie Feigenbaum in the title is from Shakespeare's tragedy "Hamlet", Specifically Act Five Scene One. The correct quote goes-

"Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio: a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy: he hath borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how abhorred in my imagination it is! my gorge rims at it. Here hung those lips that I have kissed I know not how oft. Where be your gibes now? your gambols? your songs? your flashes of merriment, that were wont to set the table on a roar? Not one now, to mock your own grinning? quite chap-fallen? Now get you to my lady's chamber, and tell her, let her paint an inch thick, to this favour she must come; make her laugh at that."

The quote refers to Hamlet finding the body of his friend the jester Yorick. He comments on how he once thought of Yorick as amusing and entertaining but is now met with a sad revulsion at the sight of his decomposing body. The overall act deals with the fragility of life which fits well with the zombie strips.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

"Barnaby VS Loaker" Zombie Sunday Special

 
Zombie Sunday Special: "Barnaby VS Loaker"

Barnaby must fight off his zombified brother Loaker....  

Notes and References:

The title of this strip is a play on the comic's main title "Barnaby and Loaker".

This story was originally meant to happen before the zombie storyline took place. Barnaby and Loaker were meant to be fighting at home and eventually split up by their parents. The story was adapted into the zombie storyline to show how far both the characters have gone since the zombie outbreak.

This is the first official appearance of Zombie Loaker, However he did appear in the header of issue#69: "Night of the Living Loaker".

Barnaby manages to knock Loaker's head clean off with a baseball bat. However Zombie Loaker still appears to be "alive" somehow afterwards.

Barnaby walks off distraught and mortified by his actions and the state of Moloch Falls.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

"Kathy Dudbert Wants To Eat Barnaby Banks"

 
Issue#70: "Kathy Dudbert Wants To Eat Barnaby Banks"

The Zombie Apocalypse has come to Moloch Falls! Loaker died last issue! Barnaby is the sole survivor! Kathy Dudbert is....well...she's still chasing after Barnaby (albeit it for a very different reason!)  

Notes and References:

The title is a play on past Kathy Dudbert issues which all had the title of "Kathy Dudbert Loves Barnaby Banks" and one which had "Kathy Dudbert Hates Barnaby Banks" during the Doppleganger Saga.

Barnaby says to himself that he never thought Kathy liked him very much when she was still alive. This shows that Barnaby is completely unaware that Kathy was in love with him and may still be.

This issue shows that the zombie residents of Moloch Falls are capable of running much like in the films "28 Days Later" and "I Am Legend".

The Zombie Kathy started chasing after Barnaby after biting his brother Loaker in issue#69: "Night of the Living Loaker".

This is the third issue featuring Zombies which will continue for the entire month of October and possibly afterwards as well.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

"Night of the Living Loaker"

 
Issue#69: "Night of the Living Loaker"

Barnaby reunites with his brother Loaker but things soon go terribly wrong...  

Notes and References:

The title "Night of the Living Loaker" is a reference to "Night of the Living Dead", an American independent zombie film directed by George A. Romero in 1968. The film shows seven survivors trapped in a farmhouse with the undead surrounding them. The film spawned a series of sequels collectively known as the "Living Dead films".

The title is also a reference to it being Loaker's last night alive as he dies in this issue.

This issue picks up exactly where last week's issue ended with Loaker sneaking up on Barnaby. This issue reveals that Loaker was not a zombie as some expected him to be. However by the end of this issue he gets bitten by a zombie Kathy Dudbert.

The header shows Loaker as a zombie. This is what he will look like after he is infected by zombie Kathy.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

"Moloch Falls, Falls Into Darkness"

 
Issue#68: "Moloch Falls,Falls Into Darkness"

The Undead arrive to terrify and destroy Moloch Falls...  

Notes and References:

Emily Hair calls Beauregarde "Snowy/Beauregarde" which is due to Barnaby thinking that Beauregarde is called "Snowy". This was first seen in Beauregarde's first appearance issue#37: "Barnaby and Beauregarde".

This issue shows that it took a total of 28 minutes for the vast majority of residents of Moloch Falls to become infected. This is reference to the post apocalyptic films "28 days Days Later"(2002) and it's sequel "28 Weeks Later"(2007).

Beauregarde, Emily Hair, Kathy Dudbert, Bancroft, Feigenbaum, Aldbug Lobings, Cecil Lobings and Mr. Alighieri (the hapless school teacher who last appeared in issue#41: "The Gremlin Club" Part Two) all appear as zombies.

This issue shows that even imaginary creatures like Feigenbaum can become zombies. However his trademark red "F" has become a pale green.

Barnaby is seemingly the only resident of Moloch Falls who has not been transformed into a zombie (at least he appears to be the sole survivor in this issue, This may not be the case.)

Zombies will continue to feature in the strip for the whole of October and possibly beyond...you'll just have to keep reading to see how this will unfold.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

"Moloch Movies"

 
Issue#67: "Moloch Movies"

Barnaby and Bancroft go to the movies...

 Notes and References:

The movies that can be seen in this issue are The Rooster Thompson Movie, Angus The Haggis Slayer, The Zombie King and Van Haresing. All of these titles are already creations of mine that have been put on hold slightly by working on Barnaby and Loaker every week. The only exception to this is Rooster Thompson, Who is already connected to the world of Barnaby and Loaker.

Bancroft's dismissive attitude to Rooster Thompson echoes Mr and Mrs Banks' own sentiments about the character as seen in issue#8: "The Barnaby Or The Egg?".

Rooster Thompson is a character who has been mentioned several times in the strips but has never appeared. 

Moloch Movies is the name of the small picture house in Moloch Falls.

Bancroft is still wearing the Barnaby suit which first appeared in issue#56: "Kathy and the Real Boy".

This issue is slightly connected to the upcoming horror issues in October.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

"The Grandfather"

   
Issue#66: "The Grandfather"

Ten years ago, Barnaby and Loaker meet their grandfather for the first time...

Notes and References:

Barnaby and Loaker's Grandparents have been mentioned in issue#43: "Gremlins In The Moonlight" and issue#2: "Are You There God? It's Barnaby and Loaker" but this is the first time one of them has "appeared" in the weekly strips. The senior Mr.Banks has since passed away but he was a major influence to Barnaby and Loaker and even taught them about constellations and the night sky.

This is the first flashback issue in the series as it is set ten years before the comic started when Barnaby and Loaker's grandad was still alive.

The only other sort of flashback was in issue#64: "Crisis On Mixed Up Earths" which showed a time before the town of Moloch Falls existed.

Mr.Banks mentions to his father that the twins are adopted in this issue. This is the first time that their adoption has actively been mentioned by other characters.

In this issue, Baby Barnaby gives his brother Loaker his teddy which bears a striking resemblance to Feigenbaum. Whether this doll influenced Feigenbaum's appearance or if this is just a weird coincidence is unknown. Originally the teddy was going to be a traditional brown bear but it was changed in favour of showing a stronger connection between the gremlins and Feigenbaum.

Loaker chews and destroys the teddy causing Barnaby to cry. This destructive behaviour would continue on later in life as seen in issue#9: "Loaker, Interrupted" when Loaker destroys Barnaby's Rooster Thompson action figure.